Big Rapids, Michigan (MI) Colleges and Universities

Nov 04, 2022

Get a clearer picture of the college options around Big Rapids by learning about their student populations, distance from town, graduation rates, and net prices. These statistics have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Big Rapids, Michigan

There's only one school located in the town of Big Rapids, though it is a 4-year public university offering degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. This is Ferris State University, with the next closest colleges being as follows:

  • Montcalm Community College (35 miles)
  • Central Michigan University (35.2 miles)
  • Baker College of Cadillac (38.3 miles)
  • Mid Michigan Community College (40.4 miles)
  • West Shore Community College (44.3 miles)

Largest Schools near Big Rapids, Michigan

There are a couple colleges around Big Rapids on the larger side and several more medium-sized options. Most of the largest schools are public institutions, with a mix of urban and town settings. The most populated colleges in the area are:

  • Central Michigan University (15,424 students)
  • Ferris State University (10,361 students)
  • Muskegon Community College (3,699 students)
  • Mid Michigan Community College (3,297 students)
  • Cornerstone University (1,930 students)

Lowest Net Price

Net price provides an estimate for the amount college will cost once financial aid has been accounted for. The figure is calculated through a subtraction of the average amount of financial aid received from the costs of attendance. Here we'll be dealing with numbers that only apply to full-time, undergraduate students for the 2020-2021 school year. The lowest net prices near Big Rapids are:

  • Muskegon Community College ($5,087)
  • West Shore Community College ($5,852)
  • Montcalm Community College ($6,430)
  • Mid Michigan Community College ($8,421)
  • Ferris State University ($13,624)

Highest Graduation Rate

The graduation rates we'll be talking about are only drawn from full-time undergraduate students. They've been calculated based on 150% of the average time needed to complete a program as of 2018. The best graduation rates around Big Rapids are:

  • Alma College (63%)
  • Central Michigan University (62%)
  • Cornerstone University (59%)
  • Ferris State University (48%)
  • West Shore Community College (26%)

Students in the Big Rapids area have a solid if not overwhelming amount of options nearby, with a large university in town and smaller colleges within driving distance.

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